Clarification Fact: Notice that Bible teachings can be separated into the following cases. When listing your "least favorite" Bible teaching ... Please list which of the following cases your "least favorite" Bible teaching best fits into.
CASE 1: CONFLICTING PROOF TEXT
There are some things that are taught from the Bible that have different interpretations. These teachings may or may not be true in the context of the entire Bible. As a result, these teachings are debatable ... and often debated ... and often the source of division in the body of Christ.
CASE 1 Examples...
A. One God -vs- Triune God
B. OSAS -vs- Endure to the End
C. Baptism in the name of Jesus -vs- Baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost
D. Keep the 10 commandments or Don't ... Specifically how to deal with idols (what are they exactly?) and the sabbath ... The rest of the 10 are pretty much straight forward.
CASE 2: NO PROOF TEXT AT ALL
There are some things that are taught in the church that doesn't appear to be in the Bible at all.
CASE 2 Examples...
A. Tithing of Money (requirement to give 10% of ongoing income to a local church)
B. Clergy and Laity
C. Jesus was crucified on a Friday (Easter)
D. Jesus was born on December 25th (Christmas)
CASE 3: THIN LAYER OF PROOF TEXT
There are some things that are taught in the church and elevated to the level of "critical doctrine" that only appear once or a few times in the Bible (Thin layer of proof text).
CASE 3 Examples...
A. Requirement for women to cover their heads
B. Requirement that women be silent in church (do not teach)
C. Requirement only to speak in tongues if one is present to interpret
D. The gifts of God have ceased (cessationism)
CASE 4: COMPLETELY CLEAR AND THOROUGH PROOF TEXT (and often taught)
Thankfully, there are things that are taught in the church which are clearly true in all cases and solidly confirmed in the Bible.
CASE 4 Examples...
A. Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary.
B. Jesus Christ lived a sinless and miraculous life.
C. Jesus Christ willingly gave His life on the cross.
D. Jesus Christ was crucified to death and buried.
E. Jesus Christ is raised from the dead.
F. Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God
CASE 5: COMPLETELY CLEAR AND THOROUGH PROOF TEXT (yet rarely taught)
Interestingly, there are things that are clearly proven in scripture but rarely taught in church.
CASE 5 Examples...
A. The body of Jesus Christ laid dead in the earth for three days and three nights
B. The Jewish Holy Days are still remembered today and are connected through scripture to the narrative of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (i.e. Purim, Passover, Day of Atonement) ... These are great days for teaching, remembering, and understanding what Jesus Christ has accomplished on the cross.
God bless you!
Author's Answer: Currently, my least favorite Bible teaching is the teaching that "The gifts of God have ceased (cessationism)." It is a CASE 3 teaching. However, I have no suspicion whatsoever that it might be true. I know that the gifts of God continue because I speak in tongues.
My least favorite Bible teaching that I still suspect may be true is the teaching in regard to women's head coverings. This is a CASE 3 teaching. I don't like this teaching because I don't like people being forced to obey the word of God. I believe that obedience should be voluntary and (even hard obedience) should be done with the joy of the Lord. The teaching in regard to head coverings is also a judgement situation based on outward appearance ... When we know that God judges the heart. However, I also believe that it may be true. Yet, on the other hand, it also says in the same section of scripture that "we have no such custom" in the King James Version (1 Corinthians 11:16 KJV). So, as a result, this teaching is still suspect in my view. This is why I don't like it. This is also why I am reluctant to build doctrine off of it. I am reluctant to build doctrine off of it because it potentially creates division in the body of Christ for no good reason.
Final note: I dislike any teaching that does damage to the body of Christ. Several of the teachings listed under CASES 1, 2, and 3 do much harm to the body of Christ and need to be resolved in order for unity of the body to ensue. That is the ultimate purpose of this post and this site.
God bless you!
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